Tuesday, November 6, 2012

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros


For today's First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intro, I'm featuring an intro to a new book that gets released today in the US. Has anyone read it yet?

Harper - Nov 6, 2012

"A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture.  Or so it seemed for now, to a woman with flame-colored hair who marched uphill to meet her demise.  Innocence was no part of this.  She knew her own recklessness and marveled, really, at how one hard little flint of thrill could outweigh the pillowy, suffocating aftermath of a long disgrace.  The shame and loss would infect her children too, that was the worst of it, in a town where everyone knew them.. Even the teenage cashiers at the grocery would take an edge with her after this, clicking painted fingernails on the counter while she wrote her check, eyeing the oatmeal and frozen peas of an unhinged family and exchanging looks with the bag boy: She's that one.  How they admired their own steadfast lives.  Right up to the day when hope in all its versions went out of stock, including the crummy discount brands, and the heart had just one instruction left: run.  Like a hunted animal, or a racehorse, winning or losing felt exactly alike at this stage, with the same coursing of blood and shortness of breath.  She smoked too much, that was another mortification to throw in with the others.  But she had cast her lot.  Plenty of people took this way out, looking future damage in the eye and naming it something else.  Now it was her turn.  She could claim the tightness in her chest and call it bliss, rather than the same breathlessness she could be feeling at home right now while toting a heavy laundry basket, behaving like a sensible mother of two."

[I love the intro, how about you?] 



26 comments:

  1. I like the intro as well.

    Here is mine: http://jaynesbooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/first-chapter-first-paragaphs-tuesday.html (I didn't realize how timely this one was, with your election occurring today)

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  2. I like this weeks introduction!

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  3. Yes, I'm waiting to get this one. Can't wait to read Barabara Kingsolver. The reviewer in the newspaper claimed she was too preachy. Hope I disagree with that review. Here's Mine

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  4. What a fantastic intro! But then, Barbara Kingsolver, of course. I'm so excited for this one to come out not only because I love her writing and stories but because I was rather disappointed with The Lacuna and want so badly for this next one to be good again. *crossing fingers*

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  5. That intro blows me away! I have never read this author, but I must read this book....I'll be watching for your review....

    Here's
    MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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  6. nice intro. I have mine posted

    http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2012/11/teaser-tuesdays-beside-two-rivers.html

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  7. I had a hard time getting through this one.

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  8. hmmmm . . . I wonder what she's up to? I'd read on for a bit. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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  9. Though I didn't care for her last book, this one seems like something that I would want to keep reading. Excellent post today. I hope that you love it!

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  10. I would definitely continue reading after this paragraph. It sounds part sacrifice ritual, part real housewives and catch me if you can! Can't wait for the review.

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  11. I usually love Kingsolver but I think I might wait for the full review on this one. Of course I have tons of books sitting here waiting for review so that would be a good idea anyway.

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  12. I love Kingsolver so I will probably read this one based on my love for her alone!

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  13. Whoa - what a paragraph! Nobody writes like Barbara Kingsolver. She draws me in and makes me super-curious. I hope to read this one soon. I look forward to reading your thoughts. My first paragraph is here: Joyfully Retired

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  14. I have not read it yet, but definitely plan to!
    Mine is here.

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  15. If Barbara Kingsolver wrote it I'd read it for that reason alone. (I need to get a copy of this one!)

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  16. Thanks for this Diane, it's going on the list.

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  17. Loving Flight Behavior so much right now and can barely stand to put it down! Not normally a Kingsolver fan, but this one is terrific.

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  18. Love the intro! I have to read this one!

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  19. Great intro! I love this author!

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  20. Hi,
    nice to know you~!!!
    Thank you for introduce, I might get this one to read.

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  21. Great intro! I like Kingsolver's novels, but haven't read the last couple - enjoy!

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  22. I've heard good things about this book so far, and the intro looks great!

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  23. Wow! It's a fantastic intro. I've only read her Poisonwood Bible but I count it among my favorites. I hope you enjoy.

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  24. I've Ben debating on picking this one up. It sounds good and I enjoy her writing.

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  25. Great review, thanks Diane and have a wonderful weekend.

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  26. Wow this one really held my interest. I am definitely adding it to my TBR list.

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